Although Silversteinhave been around for some time, they have always been at the forefront of the Candian music scene. Combine an extremely loyal fanbase and their best work to date "A Shipwreck In The Sand" and you get one of the most exciting bands in the scene to date. I caught up with Shane on their recent UK tour with The Blackout and The Urgency.
How has the tour been going so far?
Shane: So far so good, this is the first time Iíve seen the sun since Iíve been in the UK so far so Iím pretty happy! This tours been cool because the guys in The Urgency and The Blackout are really down to earth. Weíve been going out to a lot of bars partying quite a bit. I met The Blackout before from doing some festivals in the past but itís been cool making friends with The Urgency who are really nice guys.
Youíve toured around the UK numerous times. Out of all the places in England youíve played so far which is your favourite and why?
Shane: Probably Yeovil so far. The smaller cities where they donít have as many shows, they have more hunger for the few that make their way over there you know? It seems to me that the smaller ones are always the craziest.
Favourite past time on tour?
Shane: I like listening to music and reading. I bought the new Eminem CD recently, which is a bit weird, not my favourite but it always takes me a few listens. I bought the new NOFX and Propaghandhi records too which I love. I watch a lot of TV too. Nothing too crazy really.
The new record ĎA Shipwreck In The Sandí was released on March 31. Are you happy with how well the CD has been received?
Shane: Totally happy. Iíve never been happier with it than any other musical project that I have been a part of. I havenít actually heard a single piece of negative feedback at all. Everyoneís been so positive and people have been so excited about the record.
Has the new material been going down well live also?
Shane: Absolutely, live itís going down great. Itís tough now because we have so many songs itís getting harder to pick songs for the set, especially as weíre supporting this time round.
If you could tour with any band who would it be and why?
Shane: Thatís a tough one because as a fan thereís bands iíd like to go on tour with, but as far as being in a band goes, those are different. Iíd love to go on tour with NOFX and Propaghandhi, but as a band Itíd be really cool to tour with My Chemical Romance.
Do you enjoy festivals as you get to play with bands that you may not get to tour with usually?
Shane: Yeah, I enjoy festivals. I'd have to say Warped Tour is my favourite. After a week of it everybody knows each other so you have that sense of comradity, rather than a one day festival for instance. Weíre heading out for a couple of weeks for Warped this summer which will be cool. The Blackout will be there too so itís going to be great.
Plans for the summer?
Shane: Weíre going to do a short run of the mid west of the United States. We are going to play a lot of places that we didnít get to play to on the last tour. Also going to do some shows in Canada where we are from. Aside from touring weíre going to have some time off this summer which will be nice.
As far as the Canadian music scene is considered, are you proud of the scene as a whole?
Shane: It is most definitely a striving scene but it used to be better. Iím not sure whether the internet is to blame but people arenít going to many as they were which a shame. However I am really proud of where I come from and the bands that come out of the scene. One of my favourites is Lights who sung on our new record.
You currently have your own record label Verona Records. Any bands to recommend?
Shane: Theres a band called I Am Committing A Sin, from my hometown. Theyíre a very talented band plus they got a new EP coming out in a couple of weeks, so you should definitely pick that up.